From the launch of Halo Infinite, meant to be a “platform” for a technology of Halo content material, there have been two principal questions. What does this imply for the sport’s evolution as a multiplayer reside service title, and what does this imply for a way single participant/marketing campaign content material starring Grasp Chief will arrive sooner or later?
A kind of questions received answered. Halo has been cranking out extraordinarily lengthy seasons and altering a mangled development mannequin to attempt to hammer the multiplayer element into reside service form. Whereas fight itself hasn’t been the primary situation, managing the sport as a reside service has been the core drawback. Equally, even the whispered rumors are nonetheless primarily targeted on this reside service MP query, on condition that it’s an open secret at this level that Sure Affinity is making some type of Halo-style battle royale providing.
However the different query? It was by no means spoken about. By no means addressed in any respect. We by no means have had any concept of what 343’s plans have been for Grasp Chief after the occasions of Halo Infinite, and after extra questions have been raised when marketing campaign group members have been lower and Joe Staten left 343, so issues appear much more complicated now. And 343’s easy statements that “Halo and Grasp Chief are right here to remain” and the long run will comprise “epic tales” imply completely nothing.
What I believed, and what I believe most followers believed, when Halo Infinite introduced its marketing campaign and mentioned it will be a platform for future content material, was that Grasp Chief’s story could be ongoing. Fairly than ready 4, 5, 6 years between main mainline Halo releases to inform his subsequent chapter, there could be some flexibility there. There could be post-Infinite story content material, a marketing campaign which I might argue, felt like an interlude between a bunch of deeply important stuff that occurred with Cortana after Halo 5 (which we didn’t get to play) and the reveal of The Infinite, a brand new enemy race that’s simply rising because the credit hit on Infinite.
As a substitute we received…nothing. The solely Halo marketing campaign updates we received of any significance was the eventual means to play on-line co-op (not native) with a number of Grasp Chiefs, miles after launch. After these current layoffs, there have been rumors that marketing campaign DLC for Infinite had been axed, whereas others mentioned there was by no means any marketing campaign DLC within the first place. So what’s happening?
Now we now have a state of affairs the place the one iteration of Grasp Chief that’s doing issues is the helmet-free, sex-having Paramount Plus TV model which is gearing up for its second season. Recreation Grasp Chief seems like he’s been put to sleep indefinitely as soon as once more till…when, precisely? Are we simply staying on the very same launch schedule we’ve all the time had, the place it’ll be 4, 5, 6 years till some true Infinite sequel? So actually nothing has modified in any respect?
It has all the time been past weird to me that 343 has by no means, not as soon as, communicated a coherent plan for what Grasp Chief was purported to do subsequent after Infinite. Halo could be very a lot a sport that’s equal elements storied historical past and lore and characterization with its marketing campaign content material, and multiplayer motion. However the one developments have been with multiplayer and now Forge and now the upcoming battle royale, and this new “reside” mannequin of Halo doesn’t apparently embrace any new content material for Grasp Chief himself. And consider me, seeing his antics in a Paramount Plus present alone is doing extra lively hurt to character than something, and we desperately must see him kicking ass within the sport once more. In some type. Any type.
As ever, 343 stays a black field. It’s time to open it up and produce some type of coherent plan right here, not simply say “belief us” for the eleventh 12 months in a row.
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